Floods don't have to be caused by rain or sewage backups. When a dishwasher or washing machine fails, you could be left with some serious water damage. Here are a few things you should do if you come home to a flood caused by an appliance.
Shut Off The Power
Shut off the breaker that powers the dishwasher first. This will prevent shorts or possible electrocution problems. If the water has reached outlets or other electrical components, you may want to call an electrician. Do not attempt to turn on any appliances or electrical devices if you think the water has compromised your wiring.
Perform A Quickly Cleanup
Open any windows in your kitchen to begin airing out the space, and begin to mop up what you can. You can use a shop vac to remove the water if there is a lot present on your floor. Shop vacs designed for water removal can be rented from your local hardware store. You may also want to use a few fans in the kitchen to dry out the floors after the water has been removed.
Throw Out Food
If the flood has occurred in your kitchen, throw out any food that may have come in contact with the water. While the water from a dishwasher flood doesn't have the same issues as water from a sewer backup or traditional flood, you still want to make sure you discard any food that may have been damaged.
Have The Appliance Inspected
The flooding may have caused permanent damage to your appliance, so it is important to have it inspected before you plug it back in and attempt to use it. You may be able to contact the manufacturer if the appliance is still under warranty, otherwise you can call a water damage restoration company to assess the damage and perform any necessary repairs.
Hire A Water Damage Removal Expert
Water damage removal companies like Absolute Restoration LLC specialize in cleaning up after flooding in your home. The team of experts will be able to salvage any items that can be saved, and they can remove drywall, carpet, padding or tile that is permanently damaged. Be sure to take pictures of the damage before the team comes in, as you will want to submit the pictures to your insurance company.
Having an appliance flood your home can be frustrating, but keeping these steps in mind can help you to recover from the damage and get your home back to normal.